Thursday, June 23, 2011

Start Summer with a Good Fauxmance

During Weekend of Awesome, Erinn arranged a Skype chat with YA author Brendan Halpin. As I said in my WOA recap post, he was totally funny and smart. Our chat with him gave us insight on the industry we're all pushing our way into*. Talking with Brendan cemented the fact I need to read all his books. Now.

Turns out I had already planned on reading Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance. I planned on it for two reasons: I loved the premise and the last book I had read of Emily Franklin (Brendan's co-conspirator co-author) I enjoyed. It's a win, right? Right.

If you haven't heard of Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance, allow Goodreads to tell you all about it:
Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers—known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.

What I liked about it: The dual POV, the Shakespearian tie-in, the theatre speak. Fielding's voice. All of this was packaged in a quick read that I devoured in 24 hours**. It was the perfect way to kick off my summer of fun reading.

Good news! I'm giving away a signed copy of this book to one lucky member of the Lurkdom. All you need to do is tell me in the comments your best fauxmance story (and outcome) and leave your email address. Contest ends July 1, 2011.

Good luck everybody!

* For anyone keeping track, Pam is currently in the lead.
** And totally eschewed my editing responsibilities for. Sorry, project.
__________ hit of the day: The Cry of Silence by Draconian


  1. I'm not entering, I'm not going to risk you paying shipping to a wet island on the edge of Europe, but I LOVE the sound of this book. Why haven't I heard of it before? Another one for the TBR list.

  2. I'm also not entering. I read this book and I loved it. I also love the Shakespeare tie in. We're doing Much Ado at the theater I work this season. I also kept asking my friends who worked at Oregon Shakes about things in the book. Very fun book.

  3. I'm entering, but I don't think I qualify to win a contest on a co-authored blog. That being said, I will at least share a "fauxmance" story. While I was working in a different store for an unnamed coffee company, I wondered if I could start a completely false rumor and see if I could get everyone to believe it. So I decided to see if I could get everyone to think that these two co-workers were dating. This pairing was extremely unlikely and completely in compatible. But I still told everyone that they were dating, and a lot of people believed me! It was a good experiment in mob mentality.

  4. haha Miranda, we say that all the time to each other when we have giveaways!

    I'd like to enter, but I have no story!! How about the fact that we both like to pretend we're 20 and dating Taylor Lautner? (but everyone does that, right?) :)

  5. am I allowed to enter??? I so want to, because this sounds great.

    My friends and I would each pick out a guy at the beginning of the Fall semester in college and would refer to them as our "pretend" boyfriend for the next four months. We'd refer to them when the mood struck, for example, "I don't know why my pretend boyfriend is getting so drunk at this party. I've told him he should never do keg stands in public."

    I never said we were cool.

  6. um, I'd love to enter, but I don't have any fauxmance stories to tell at all! Maybe I could just... direct you to a celebrity gossip site? :P


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